JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Jason Myers apparently isn't going anywhere.
Even though the Jacksonville Jaguars' rookie kicker missed his league-high seventh PAT of the season in the Jaguars' 51-16 victory over Indianapolis on Sunday, it was evident from coach Gus Bradley's comments on Monday that the team has no plans to cut Myers.
"I think for me, I look at how does a guy respond?" Bradley said. "How does he adjust? Does he recover quickly? What’s his performance like after that? He hit a field goal at 46 yards, missed the extra point, then he came back and it was 5-for-5 on the extra points.
"He probably had his best day kicking off. He had nine touchbacks and most of them the hang time was really good. We liked his leg strength, how he handled adversity, so there’s a lot of traits that we like in him."
Bradley admitted that the seven missed PATs are a concern, but he said Myers doesn't deserve all the blame. He missed two PATs against Tennessee on Dec. 6 and Bradley said the second was because of a bad snap and a bad hold. That wasn't the case against the Colts, but Bradley said the Jaguars are going to take a closer look at what long snapper Carson Tinker and holder Bryan Anger are doing.
"We really need to look at the whole operation -- the snap, the hold the kick and really pay particular attention to all of that," Bradley said. "There were times that he [Myers] never kicked the laces but there was times where he saw the laces, and just things like that that we’ve got to clean up."
The Jaguars are happy with Myers' work on field goals -- 23-for-27, 85.2 percent -- even though he missed two potential game-winning attempts against Indianapolis in September. They're in love with his leg strength. Myers made a 58-yarder against Miami and drilled a 53-yard game-winner against Baltimore.
That's enough to keep him around despite the missed PATs.
"You’re right, we’ve got to remove this part from the game," Bradley said. "I think there’s enough things that we’re seeing, that his leg strength and how he handled adversity is something that we’re taking into consideration."